All over the Tampa Bay Area -- from Dunedin all the way to Sarasota -- photographers strapped on their cameras one day in September and set out to capture unique moments that represent life in this part of Florida.
Called One Day Tampa Bay, this annual 24-hour community-engaged photography project was started back in 2016 to document and reflect the diversity of Tampa and its surrounding cities, and encourages participation from all photographers -- professional to amateur alike -- to take pictures of whatever they see.
This year, 94 photographers participated in the Sept. 18 event and could submit up to 10 images to be juried for two opportunities: to be included in One Day Tampa Bay’s printed art book and/or a group exhibition at the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC).
DFAC curators Catherine Bergman and Nathan Beard culled through over 800 entries to select 80 pieces for their 2nd
Floor Teaching Gallery -- with a separate juror for the book selections -- from artists you may know like Beth Reynolds, Chip Weiner, Jennifer Ring, Veronica Stewart, Lisa Presnail, Kevin King, and the founder of One Day Tampa Bay Jamie Jackson.
Carole Devillers, a longtime photographer for National Geographic
and other global publications, including 83 Degrees Media
, had three of her shots selected for inclusion.
“What we did was choose our favorites separately, then go through everything together. During the process, we wanted to have diversity in people, the areas represented, and even the time of day,” says Catherine Bergman, Curatorial Director at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. “We really tried to represent that essence of living in Tampa with key recreational moments and family gatherings to moments of solitude.”
Ranging from categories of landscape, people, animals, landmarks, and more, there are images for everyone to enjoy. Most of all, One Day Tampa Bay is seen as an opportunity to make a fun photography event that anyone can be a part of. Bergman noted that even families got involved, and that it was hard to tell which photo was the work of the child or parent because of how tech-savvy kids are nowadays.
“There was an excellent turnout this year with a lot of beautiful, diverse captures and a wide range of professional levels and ages. We love having this show and a lot of people have come to see the work already,” Bergman says.
The exhibition will be up through Dec. 23.
To find out more about the One Day Tampa Bay exhibition, visit the Dunedin Fine Art Center. To find out more about the project and their print book, follow One Day Tampa Bay on Facebook.